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Whataburger Annette
Whataburger Annette
Whataburger Annette
Whataburger Annette
Whataburger Annette
Whataburger Annette
Whataburger Annette
Whataburger Annette
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Whataburger Annette
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Whataburger Annette

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  • 1. HARMON & TOM DOBSON By Annette Farrell
  • 2. biography
    • Originally from Batesville, Arkansas
    • Wife Grace Williams, son Tom Dobson, second son Hugh and daughter Lynne
    • Moved to Texas in 1949 (Corpus Christi)
    • Sole proprietorship business man
    • Killed in private plane accident in 1967
    • Buried next to parents in Arkansas.
  • 3. Education
    • Wife Grace was home schooled growing up in Arkansas.
    • Dobson’s grandchildren attend/attended high schools in the Corpus Christi area.
    • It is led to believe that Harmon attended college in Arkansas, same for his wife Grace.
  • 4.  
  • 5. Social aspects
    • Worked on shipbuilding, oil drilling and diamond trading before Whataburger.
    • Also a bush pilot and automobile dealer
    • Tom Dobson’s son participates in USTA club tennis who is ranked number 12 in the state of Texas and ranked 141 nationally.
  • 6. How It all started
    • Started over 50 years ago
    • Used his original recipe for burgers
    • Set up portable stand on the street
    • Sold burgers for a quarter
    • As the menu started to grow, the new taste was expanding to many Texas towns
    • Now is found almost anywhere in the United States.
  • 7. Today…
    • Harmon Dobson is passed also with wife Grace Dobson
    • Son Tom Dobson as of 1993 is the president and chief executive officer
    • Headquarters moved from Corpus Christi to San Antonio
    • Original restaurant on Ayers Street is still standing across from Del Mar College
  • 8. Whataburger on Shoreline Dr. in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • 9. business organization
    • Mr. Dobson’s business was no doubt a sole proprietorship when he first started in 1950. He was the owner and ran the burger joint by himself. Later it became a partnership with his wife. Successfully opening up many Whataburger restaurants all around Texas, Tennessee and Florida.
    • Financed with Paul Burton later on
  • 10. philosophy
    • Whataburger and the Corpus Christi Hooks share a 15 year partnership, includes naming rights for the field
    • Harmon Dobson was all about treating the customers and employees as if they were family. He served over 10434840 customers a year at his local restaurants.
  • 11. Mistakes?
    • Harmon made no mistakes in his early career other than the fact that he made burgers too low of a price at one point and was hardly making profit.
    • He fixed the mistake by hiring the price of burgers to 30 cents then to 45 cents.
  • 12. business name
    • His goal was simple: Make a better burger that took two hands to hold and tasted so good that when you took a bite you would say "What a burger!" Dobson was granted the "Whataburger" trademark by the Texas Secretary of State office on June 23, 1950. The first neon sign would flash in four stages: What…A…Burger…Whataburger.
  • 13.  
  • 14. Interesting fact
    • Burgers were once twenty-five cents. Customers could also purchase a drink and bag of chips. On opening day, the Whataburger on Ayers Street took in fifty dollars. Four days later took in $140 and sold over 500 burgers. For years the price of Whataburger burgers were less than fifty cents.
  • 15. mla
    • Jares, Andrea. "Whataburger celebrates 50 years". Corpus Christi Caller Times. Nov 11, 2009 http://www.caller2.com/2000/august/06/ today/business/1266.html .
    • Jones, Cindy. "Whataburger". TSHA Online. Nov 11,2009 http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/WW/dgw2.html .
    • "Whataburger". Wikipedia. Nov 11, 2009 http:// en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Whataburger .

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